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18Sep 2016
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WOW returns on October 1st!

Equator’s Women of the World 2016 returns for its 5th year with an eclectic, international and unique series of performances lead by female composers and musicians.

The series happens over 2 nights in autumn, at Kings Place, with the first on October 1st.  The first weekend of music is a journey from Charlotte Bronté to award-winning flamenco with specially commissioned pieces by 7 women composers

Equator Festival launched the Women of the World  series in 2012, with the simple aim of promoting female performers from all music genres, from all over the world.  Each year Equator showcases the best in female performers, musicians and songwriters.
The performances on Saturday October 1st are:

Jane Eyre Re-imagined (2pm)
To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Shion Duo are joined by actress Rebecca Kenny for this special concert.  Shion Duo have re-imagined Jane Eyre through music and words written by and for women from around the world. The programme will include new commissions by students of the Royal Northern College of Music – Melissa Douglas and Charlotte Marlow, as well as music by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Marina Dranishnikova and Clara Schumann.

Invicta Upper Voices (4pm)
Performing for the first time the Invicta Upper Voices choir will sing works by female choral composers from the 20th century, with complimentary pieces from their male counterparts. Invicta Upper Voices will be joined by Invicta Voices in an exciting and colourful programme with works from Ivette Harryman, Charlotte Bray and Alice Parker alongside the world premieres of five specially-commissioned pieces by women composers: Marguerite Abbott, Barbara De Biasi, Litha Efthymiou, Kirsten Parry and Rhiannon Randle. The concert will also feature works from Eric Whitacre, Paul Patterson, Priti Paintal and Ola Gjeilo. | |

Roots Revolution (6pm)
Deepa Nair Rasiya takes her audience on a voyage exploring poetry and music within the realm of the mystic traditions of the subcontinent. Seeking to unravel, through music, the profound meaning in the poetic lyrics of the Saints and Philosophers over the centuries, this journey embraces a comprehensive spectrum of musical styles – from traditional hindustani classical vocal music to semi classical, folk and cross-genre fusion, to best communicate the emotion and the messages presented; Deepa’s vocals are complemented by instrumental accompaniment from some of the UK’s finest musicians, all from a diverse range of musical and cultural backgrounds.The project endeavours to provide glimpses into the Sufi and Bhakti movements and also to explore some of the lighter styles of North Indian music, mainly Thumri, Bhajan and Folk, employing instrumental arrangement styles to make it contemporary, current and accessible musically. Spiritual love and the search for meaning in human existence remain the enduring themes throughout.

Juan Martin and Amparo Heredia (8pm)
Juan Martín and Amparo Heredia ‘La Repompilla’ started their collaboration with a concert in the Spanish city of Ronda six years ago and followed up to great acclaim with a recital in flamenco’s epicentre, Morón de la Frontera, Seville, in the Teatro Oriente. They have since toured in the UK, Belgium and Canada in Juan Martín’s dance company.Last year Amparo Heredia won two first prizes in the prestigous Festival de la Minas de la Union and now this pure gypsy singer from Málaga is, with Juan Martín’s guitar, making the world sit up and take note of her explosive yet soulful expression.

Performances on Oct 22nd include: Award winning folk group Furrow Collective with support group from Holloway Girls School, classical pianist Ke-Ma,  and classical/jazz ensemble Ethereal World

Tickets for each performance are available online from

4May 2016
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Sinman Dance Company

This May and June Equator Festival are proud to present Far Eastern Feast.

These events are taking place exclusively in Kent at the Centrepiece Church (May 21), The Stag (June 11) and the Horsebridge Centre (June 18).  The feast is made up of a variety of workshops and an amazing performance by the Sinman Dance Company.

We spoke to Sinman Dance Company and they told us what to expect from the Feasts!

Tell us about your performance?
This will be a display of traditional Chinese music and dance. We will introduce you different tribes from China through our music and dance.

Describe your performance in 3 words
Colorful; Joyful; enjoyable

How long have you been dancing?  How do you feel when you dance?
I have been dancing since I was little. And I have been professional artist for over 25 years. Dance always gives me full enjoyment while I am doing it, and the satisfaction afterward.

Your running a variety of workshops including calligraphy, dance and opera mask painting, can anyone take part?
Absolutely, the workshops are open to everyone.

How difficult is calligraphy difficult to learn?  Did it take you long to learn?
It’s not difficult to learn calligraphy, but it’s very hard to do it well. It’s combination of posture, balance and patient. I practiced my calligraphy throughout my primary and secondary education.

What can people expect from the face painting?
It’s Peking opera face painting. Each face represents different character in the play. The look of the face paint are very unfamiliar to most non Chinese audiences, may even find strange at first. We will try to explain and bring you into  Chinese opera world.

Why do think it’s important to promote Chinese dance and culture in the UK?
Promoting Chinese culture in the UK will bring more appreciation and acceptance toward Chinese arts and people. Creating harmony among us.

You can purchase tickets for the event using the links below:

May 21st – Centrepiece Church

June 11th – The Stag

June 18th – Horsebridge Centre



27Feb 2016
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Calling all choirs for the Equator Choir Competition 2016

Once again Equator is searching for the best amateur, school and community choirs in the Kent and Medway area.

Competition requirements:

  • The choir must have a minimum of 12 singers.
  • Be available to perform at the Choir Festival on Thursday 30th June and Friday 8th July 2016 in Ashford, Kent.
  • Be able to submit 3 songs to be performed, including 1 from another country/culture.

Previous choirs include:
Tonbridge Grammar for Girls
Simon Langton Boys Grammar
Paddock Wood Primary School
Bridge and Patrixbourne Primary
Highworth Girls Grammar
Great Chart Primary
Tunstall Primary

If you are interested in taking part email

27Feb 2016
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Equator’s Women of the World (WOW) Series returns for 2016!

Each year the WOW Series showcases the best in female performers, musicians and songwriters and this year we are looking for more women to join the event.

Are you a member of a female choir/performance group?
Or a mixed group with a strong repertoire of songs by female composers?
If yes, then we want to hear from you?

Come and join an evening of ensembles and musicians from around the world showcasing music from pop, world, jazz and classical. This year the WOW Series will take place on Saturday 1st and 22nd October 2016, at Kings Place, London.

Previous performers include:
Beyounes Quarter
Hannah Marcinowicz
Ignite Ensemble
London Bulgarian Choir
London Klezmer Quartet
London Tango Trio
Monica Vasconcelos
Oclay Bayir
Shallu Jindal
Shiva Nova

If you are interested in performing email with a short bio before 15th March 2016.